Get set for easy holiday entertaining with favorite recipes and festive decorating ideas.
Tips for Happy Hosting
Holiday Buffet. With potluck parties, finding room for everything on the dinner table can be a challenge. Set out a second table for the dishes and serve them buffet-style to make things a bit easier. This table, covered with a deep red tablecloth and lined with a leafy garland, gets guests in the holiday spirit.
Take-Home Trees. Turn a place setting into a festive favor with this neat idea. Nestle a small burlap-wrapped tree inside a red pail and garnish it with pinecones and small ornaments. Print name tags for each place setting and spray-glue them to small squares of craft wood. Punch holes in the top and tie on to the pail with twine. Send guests home with their trees at the end of the night.
Tips for Holiday Guests
Potluck Smarts. Make sure the food you're bringing stays fresh and safe to eat at your destination. To avoid spoilage, keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm. Don't let any perishable food stay at or near room temperature for more than two hours.
More: Watch this short video on how to make the popular Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing, sure to make you a potluck super star!